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October 24, 2013

After 27 years at Westwood, Lisle transitioning into next golfing chapter

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GolfTEC is an instruction center that takes advantage of state-of-the-art technology to improve the games of it’s customers. In many ways, it is one of the parts of being a club pro Lisle has enjoyed the most, teaching the game, taken to a higher and more technological level.

“I can’t wait to learn as much as I’m going to learn about the golf swing,” said Lisle, who’s long been recognized as one of the area’s best swing doctors. “There’s a lot more that I don’t know … I’m kind of overwhelmed.”

Just not enough not to make the leap.

Lisle explained that he had taken an additional mortgage out on his home to fund the transition from one career to another. Still, if the move is expensive, at least in the start-up phase, it may not be as taxing.

“It’s not a get-rich thing at all,” Lisle said. “It’s just a thing where you don’t have to be so spread out. Because, as a PGA professional, you wear a lot of hats and you’re spread awfully thin.”

By his own estimation, Lisle’s put in around 60 hours a week at Westwood over most of his tenure. Much of it has been of his own invention, as he’s been a champion of clinics and programs of all kinds to introduce new players to the game. 

Over the last several years, Lisle and Westwood have been leaders in the First Tee program, designed to bring youth to golf that might not otherwise have been exposed, all the while using the game to teach life lessons along the way. 

Additionally, Westwood played a big role in the formation of the Norman Junior Golf Association, and has continued to conduct the Westwood Invitational, played over Fourth of July Weekend, which continues to be the state’s largest stroke-play tournament.

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